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Schenectady police discipline to be in public eye

Misconduct cases will be resolved in court setting

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A conference room in the Police Department may look a lot like a courtroom next year. Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett envisions creating court-like public hearings to handle police discipline, as allowed by a Court of Appeals ruling issued Thursday. Bennett is planning the new system with Corporation Counsel John Polster and Mayor Gary McCarthy. Under the new process, he plans to hear disciplinary cases within 60 days of an officer being charged with misconduct. ...


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wmarincic
October 27, 2012
7:41 a.m.

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A way to Blackmail a cop into pleading guilty and yes it is a Kangaroo court. How many innocent plead guilty when a Bennett says you can have 1 year probation and 30 days unpaid suspension to plead guilty or risk termination after trial, it happen. Bennett and some of the Chiefs live in their own little world of who they like and who they don't at the SPD, trust me if you are not one of Bennetts chosen ones you are at risk. This is a terrible mistake and I hope the PBA fights it and puts it on the table at contract time.

cfield
October 27, 2012
7:44 a.m.

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1) Personnel issues should never be addressed in a public forum. SPD has demonstrated their ability to hold officers accountable. Thus, the argument for the need for transparency is weak, at best. This is a far cry from the secret disciplining after the egg throwing incident. And, should we be arguing for changes to due process because someone does not think her relative received a fair deal?

2) Should we be proud of a system which coerces people, by means of the threat of public embarrassment, to forego their rights to due process?

3) This creates the opportunity for politics to enter into the process. A Commissioner, serves at the discretion of the Mayor, who in turn, is endorsed by political parties. Not accusing anyone of wrongdoing but if a Mayor was endorsed by a political party, which was antagonistic or sympathetic to the Mayor - could that not contaminate the process?

wmarincic
October 27, 2012
4:44 p.m.

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I apologize to Comm. Bennett, I meant the Chiefs, actually from my understanding Bennett is fair but I still believe he does not know the problems officers have with an urban police dept.

cfield
October 28, 2012
7:20 a.m.

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I apologize to Wmarcincic(Self proclaimed know it all on all matters of the Schenectady Police Department), I mean to the Gazette blogger who waste his life away posting on this pathetic paper. Oh sorry for using big words in my post.

cfield
October 29, 2012
11:55 a.m.

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marincic repeats gripes from disgruntled officers and passes it off as fact.

He has no more insight into what the Chief's do or think than anyone else.

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